Mood: Hesitant to admit this, but I might as well put it out there

Currently listening to: L’Interprete by Brazilian Girls

During Saturday’s writing group, we got to talking about writing conferences & next steps once I have a decent draft. The Southern California Writers’ Conference in San Diego next February 13-16 was brought up.

With a probably unrealistic dose of optimism, I’ve decided I want to have the first 20-30 pages in good enough shape to submit for author/agent critique at the San Diego conference. The author critiques look at craft, while the agent critiques look at salability. I need a goal to keep me on track & I think this is it. It’s the logical next step.

I’m stating this goal publically (although with hesitation) because I need to put it out there, I need to see it in print, I need to be held accountable. This blog has proven incredibly effective in keeping me on track. When you’re being watched, it’s much harder to let yourself fall flat on your face. Yes, there will be plenty of those moments, but they’re just part of the road that will actually get me wherever it is I’m going with this thing I’m writing.

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By the way, if you’re looking for a good list of writers’ conferences & book festivals in southern California, check out Barbara DeMarco-Barrett’s article, “The Write Stuff: A Guide to SoCal’s Literary and Book Festivals,” in the September issue of Westways magazine (put out by the Automobile Club of Southern California). DeMarco-Barrett is the author of Pen on Fire, a book I recommended here. Unfortunately, I haven’t been able to find a online link to the article. Westways posts the articles online once the next issue is published. So, I would assume sometime later this month/October that the article should be available online.

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